All students in the graduate program are required to show adequate progress towards degree on an annual basis. The time needed to prepare a dissertation in Romance Studies varies widely. There are intellectual variables such as background preparation, availability of research materials, or the need for special language or computational skills, which combine with less scholarly but no less important considerations such as travel needs, finances, health, loved ones, and the political and economic state of the world to influence the dissertation research and writing process.
If you are taking courses, you must meet with the DGS for course planning, and to be made eligible to enroll. If you are not taking courses, you may contact the DGS Assistant to enable you to be eligible to enroll for classes.
Ordinarily a student registered for full-time study should receive preliminary certification by the end of the third year. A student who has not been certified by this time must file with the Dean of the Graduate School a statement, approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in the major department, explaining the delay and setting a date for the examination. Except under unusual circumstances, extension will not be granted beyond the middle of the fourth year.